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What causes breast pain during menstruation?

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Posted on Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Question: During ivf treatment, I started to get a shooting intermittent pain in mybreast. I had a successful pregnancy. Everyone my cycle menstrual cycle starts, I get that same intermittent pain, then it goes away till next cycle. Is there anything I can do about it? Also, I'm 45 years old, I had my child when I was 43.
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (48 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Cyclical mastalgia

Detailed Answer:
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Thank you for trusting HCM

Breast pain around the time of menstrual cycles and relieved by period is called cyclical mastalgia. It is due to hormonal effects on breast and nothing o be worried about. Wear a well-supporting Bra when pain develops. You can also take Tylenol.
Since you are above 40 years I would also recommend yearly clinical breast examination and screening mammogram every 2 years.

Hope this answers your question
Please let me know if you need further clarifications
Regards
Dr.Lekshmi
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What causes breast pain during menstruation?

Brief Answer: Cyclical mastalgia Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for trusting HCM Breast pain around the time of menstrual cycles and relieved by period is called cyclical mastalgia. It is due to hormonal effects on breast and nothing o be worried about. Wear a well-supporting Bra when pain develops. You can also take Tylenol. Since you are above 40 years I would also recommend yearly clinical breast examination and screening mammogram every 2 years. Hope this answers your question Please let me know if you need further clarifications Regards Dr.Lekshmi